by Nora Roberts
Published by Berkley on April 12th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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The riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
This book reminded me why I love Nora Roberts. And although I haven’t picked up a Nora Roberts book in a long time, I still count her as one of the greats who really fed on my romance addiction. From the engaging plot to the cast of complex and layered characters, The Obsession grabbed my attention from the very first page. And when I say first page, I mean that literally.
Holy freakin’ prologue is what it was. It was creepy and scary and had this sinister feel that really put the readers right into the middle of the action.
Naomi was about to turn 12 years old when she discovered the true nature her father and the extent of his crimes. It was one of be most gripping sequences in book and like I mentioned above, I was hooked. The plot moved quickly taking us through the aftermath of her discovery and how she and the remaining members of her family dealt with it. It showed readers how much her father’s notoriety affected Naomi’s view about relationships and her reticence in having people know about her.
Things get even more exciting the moment the book caught up to the present. The present being Naomi having just bought a huge house in the middle of Nowhere, America despite not wanting roots and all the responsibilities that come along with it. The present also brought us Xander “be still my heart” Keaton.
I’m going to go off tangent a little bit to say that Romantic Suspense is probably my least favorite sub-genre of romance because most of the time, it either has great suspense but weak romance or it has great romance but a weak suspense arc. And at first, I was concerned that The Obsession was going to be one of those great suspense but weak romance type of book. But boy was I wrong. So wrong because once Xander was introduced, the romance angle got really interesting and really fascinating. That is not to say that the book wasn’t interesting prior to Xander’s appearance because it was but there’s nothing more exciting than reading about two people falling in love despite the eff up situation they’re in.
Xander just blew me away. He’s probably my most favorite among Nora Roberts’ heroes. Roarke held that title for a while but Roarke’s character feels remote and inaccessible at times. Xander has the swagger and the confidence that Roarke has but none of the standoffishness. He’s laid back but he’s definitely alpha with a capital A but he’s not OTT, growly, caveman, “MINE pussy” alpha that’s very common nowadays. He didn’t overwhelm the story or overshadowed Naomi’s development, which really worked for me big time.
Aside from Naomi and Xander, this book has so many characters that stood out to me. I really want Mason’s story. Mason is Naomi’s younger brother and like Naomi, his father’s crime fundamentally changed him. Fingers crossed Nora writes a book about him.
Overall, this book definitely rekindled my love for this author’s writing.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review